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Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO)
Undergraduate Research Partnership Initiative (URPI)

2015-2016
SAIRO is currently recruiting students to participate in a paid, year-long research and assessment internship program, the Undergraduate Research Partnership Initiative (URPI). URPI interns will engage in a variety of qualitative research and assessment projects under the supervision of SAIRO staff, including a major project for the 15-16 academic year—a study exploring students’ use of social media as an opportunity to engage in discussion of racial/ethnic diversity and campus climate. The purpose of this study is to better understand how students utilize social media to talk about issues of racial/ethnic diversity and campus climate, in order to capitalize on social media use in promoting a safe and welcoming campus environment. The guiding research questions for this year’s project are: 1) How do students describe their posting behaviors and engagement with issues of racial diversity and campus climate on social media? 2) To what extent do participants’ descriptions of posting behaviors and engagement with issues of racial diversity and campus climate on social media differ from their actual/observed posting behavior? 3) What are characteristics of social media that make it an effective tool (or not) for promoting a positive campus racial climate? This project will employ a qualitative design (including interviews and content analysis) to approach answering our research questions.
Students from diverse backgrounds and all majors are encouraged to apply to join a small undergraduate research team and gain valuable qualitative research experience. You do not need to have had previous research experience to participate. Members of the research team will participate in various aspects of the research and assessment process, including coding, transcription, analysis, interviewing, analysis, and writing and presenting results to UCLA administrators and the UCLA community more broadly.
Logistics and Requirements:
Participants in the Undergraduate Research Partnership Initiative (URPI) will participate in summer training and analytical work, including coding, analysis, and developing background and expertise to prepare for conducting a yearlong study of social media use and campus climate during the 2015-2016 academic year. Thus, all research team members must be able to commit to working between 5-10 hours per week through summer and the following academic year. All team members must be available to meet in person with the team on the following dates:
Important Dates:
Summer
Fall, winter, spring
Orientation/ Hiring Paperwork
Monday, June 22nd, from 9am-2pm
Research Team Training/Meeting
Tuesday, July 7th from 11am-1pm
Research Team Training/Meeting
Tuesday , July 21st from 11am-1pm
Research Team Training/Meeting
Tuesday , August 4th from 11am-1pm
Research Team Training/Meeting
Tuesday , August 18th from 11am-1pm
Research Team Training/Meeting
Tuesday , September 1st from 11am-1pm
Research Team Training/Meeting
Tuesday , September 15th from 11am-1pm
Research Team Meetings
TBD based on schedules, but team members will be expected to attend bi-weekly team meetings 1
Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO)
Undergraduate Research Partnership Initiative (URPI)
2015-2016
Who should apply?
Although the project is open to all undergraduates, students interested in social media, communication, sociology, and education fields may find this project of particular relevance to their academic interests. Students interested in acquiring qualitative research skills should apply.
Interested students need to submit the following items:
1. Resume or CV
2. Short answers (in MS Word format) to the following questions:
o How would participation in this research experience benefit you?
o How would your participation contribute to your educational goals?
o How do you see your strengths, skills, and previous experiences (research, academic, or otherwise) contributing to the success of this research team?
o To assist us in selecting a research team that represents a wide range of student identities, to the extent that you feel comfortable doing so, please provide the following information (in addition to your name) at the top right hand corner of your short answers:
 Gender
 Race/Ethnicity
 Major
 Year in School
Materials should be submitted via e-mail no later than 5pm on Monday, May 25th to sairo@saonet.ucla.edu
If you have questions, please contact: Dr. Kristen McKinney; kmckinney@saonet.ucla.edu
Applicants will be notified by the week of June 1 regarding whether or not they have been selected.
URPI Participant Learning Outcomes:
As a result of participating in the Undergraduate Research Partnership Initiative students will be able to…
• Work as part of a research team toward the common goals of qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting.
• Know how to conduct a qualitative research study using interview and content analysis methodologies
• Articulate the basic principles of qualitative research methodologies.
• Articulate the principles and practices of ethical research involving human participants.
• Develop written and oral communications that reflect the distinct information needs and communication styles of the intended audience (e.g., peers, administrators).
• Identify and synthesize relevant information for inclusion in research reports and presentations.
• Articulate an argument/assertion that reflects the integration of multiple sources of information and perspectives.
• Demonstrate active listening skills.
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Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO)
Undergraduate Research Partnership Initiative (URPI)
2015-2016
SAIRO Staff:
Allison Kanny, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Assessment Support & Capacity Building
Ph: (310) 206-5070
akanny@saonet.ucla.edu
Kristen McKinney, Ph.D.
Director
Ph: (310) 794-7860
kmckinney@saonet.ucla.edu
Elvira Abrica, M.A.
Research Analyst
Ph: (310) 206-8